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Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 41,000 Pounds of Protein to Harvesters—the Community Food Network

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:30pm

 Smithfield Foods, Inc., in partnership with Price Chopper, donated more than 41,000 pounds of protein to Harvesters—The Community Food Network. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour and provided a generous donation to Harvesters in support of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. This donation, equivalent to more than 166,000 servings of protein, will help fight summer hunger throughout northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.

“One in six children in Harvesters’ service area is at risk of hunger,” said Valerie Nicholson-Watson, President and CEO of Harvesters. “This is a critical time of year for families as they struggle to provide additional meals and make ends meet while children are not receiving breakfast and lunch at school. Families turn to our pantries for help, and this donation helps ensure protein will be available to them.”

This is the 24th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 130 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“Smithfield is proud to make donations of protein to Harvesters throughout the year to support a community so many of our employees call home,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We understand the increased need experienced this time of year and are honored to help kick-off the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to ensure children in Kansas City have wholesome meals this summer.”

The public is also welcome to contribute to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive by donating nonperishable food items to Harvesters food barrels at any Price Chopper store or donating online at www.harvesters.org through Monday, May 13, 2019. For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.


About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Price Chopper
Price Chopper’s 52 Kansas City stores are locally owned by the Ball, Cosentino, McKeever, and Queen families, all of whom live in Kansas City and oversee store operations on a daily basis. For 40 years, the owners and employees of Price Chopper have been committed to providing the highest quality products and top-of-the-line customer service to the thousands of customers they serve every day. For more information, please visit www.mypricechopper.com.

About Harvesters—The Community Food Network
Harvesters is a regional food bank and was Feeding America’s 2011 Food Bank of the Year. Serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 760 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and others. Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 141,500 different people each month. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit www.harvesters.org.

Thermo King Drives Reduction in Food Waste and Insecurity by Committing Nearly $500,000 in Additional Grants to Food Banks Nationwide

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:30pm

Forty percent, or nearly $200 billion of food in the U.S. goes to waste each year. Making this statistic harder to comprehend, 40 million people struggle with hunger, and 12 million of them are children. To address this sensless epidemic, Thermo King, the leader in transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has committed nearly $500,000 to expand its social sustainability program, We Move Food™.

This latest commitment catapults the program’s total giving to nearly $750,000 in just two years resulting in more than 5.7 million meals for people in need.

“Thermo King and our entire dealer network are passionate about finding innovative ways where we can do our part in helping to address hunger,“ said Ray Pittard, president of Thermo King. “The We Move Food program helps to build sustainable partnerships with hunger relief organizations enabling us to use our expertise, our time and our technology to build their transport refrigeration capacity so that they can increase the amount of fresh food they deliver, expand the communities that they serve and reach even more families in need.”

More than 23 million people in the United States live in areas where access to affordable and healthy food options is limited or nonexistent. And nearly half of those people are considered low income making it even more challenging to attain the nutrition necessary to live healthy and active lifestyles.  

“Transport refrigeration plays a critical role in addressing food insecurity. With the staggering amount of waste each year and the millions who are suffering, we know that producing more food is not the answer. We need to recover what would potentially be wasted and get that fresh food to the people in need. That’s literally what Thermo King and our dealer network does –  we move food,” said Pittard.

Ingersoll Rand and Thermo King employees from across the U.S. alongside employees from the Thermo King dealer network, which is nearly 200 strong and located in all major U.S. cities, are volunteering at mobile food pantries and food drives, reclaiming healthy food from retailers and restaurants, and working with community food banks to make their operations run more efficiently and effectively.  

Thermo King and Ingersoll Rand have a national relationship with Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks and the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Ingersoll Rand’s roots are grounded in addressing global trends like food stability, that impact the way that we live, work and move. As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, it has set and is working toward achieving 2020 sustainability goals including supporting food stability and nutritional education to 200,000 children through signature programs like We Move Food. Ingersoll Rand has exceeded the goal, two years ahead of schedule.

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About Ingersoll Rand and Thermo King

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. The Ingersoll Rand charitable foundation centers on social and environmental imperatives that create lasting value and improve our communities globally.

Thermo King Corp. was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. We are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.thermoking.com.

Hundreds of Global Dolby Laboratories Employees Engage in Their Local Communities Through Annual Dolby Cares Day Campaign

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:58am

(GlobeNewswire) –Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) employees and community partners participate in the annual Dolby Cares Day - the company's global volunteer effort spanning the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific between April and June. This commitment to service is part of the Dolby Cares program, combining the company's unique intersection of art and science to inspire the next generation of innovators and address communities' most critical needs.

Since launching in 2014, Dolby Cares has experienced exponential growth, with over 5,600 volunteer hours and $3.1M in grants and matching gifts donated in Fiscal Year 2018. 

Photos captured here are of some of the volunteer events that have already happened in Wroclaw, Poland, and San Francisco, California.

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) is based in San Francisco with offices in over 20 countries around the globe. Dolby transforms the science of sight and sound into spectacular experiences. Through innovative research and engineering, we create breakthrough experiences for billions of people worldwide through a collaborative ecosystem spanning artists, businesses, and consumers. The experiences people have - with Dolby Cinema, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Voice, Dolby Dimension, and Dolby Audio - revolutionize entertainment and communications at the cinema, on the go, in the home, and at work. 

Dolby, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio, Dolby Cinema, Dolby Dimension, Dolby Vision, Dolby Voice, and the double-D symbol are among the registered and unregistered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.


Media Contact:
Tony Carter
Dolby Laboratories

Photos accompanying this announcement are available at









The Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit: Industry Comes Together Seeking Growth Through New Retail Models to Satisfy New Consumer Needs

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 8:56am

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is delighted to announce a prestigious roster of speakers for its 63rd Global Summit, to be hosted 11th-14th June 2019 in Vancouver, focusing on the theme ‘Growth Through New Retail’. 

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum: “Our industry continues to face huge disruption, presenting challenges for existing players but also significant opportunities for growth. As part of their response, leading companies are building their strategies around a purpose beyond profit, responding to consumers’ desire to see companies as a force for good. Digital technologies are central to this reinvention of the industry. The Summit will play a key role in bringing together retailers, manufacturers and service providers to discuss these trends, share best practices and collaborate through the CGF’s working groups”.

The Global Summit brings together 1,000+ CEOs and C-level executives from 50+ countries. This year’s flagship, member-exclusive event will feature a packed agenda, where members will be able to hear from renowned experts in the industry. This year, the message is clear: companies need to look for new ways to collaborate, to reach customers and innovate in order to remain successful, relevant and competitive.

The opening keynote speech will be delivered by Canada’s Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, revealing that the challenges the industry faces today are too large for any one company, industry, or government to solve alone. Collaboration is absolutely essential to achieving positive, long-term change at scale, especially in today’s climate where issues such as environmental sustainability and consumer health require immediate action.

FMCG industry leaders - including Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO, L’Oréal; Sarah Davis, President, Loblaw; Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Johnson & Johnson; Max Koeune, President and CEO, McCain; Tina Lee, CEO, T&T Supermarket; Judith McKenna, President and CEO, Walmart International; Stefano Pessina, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance; and Mark Schneider CEO, Nestlé -- will be coming together to discuss how ongoing disruption in the consumer goods industry is presenting exciting opportunities for growth. This year’s distinguished list of speakers also includes key players from start-ups and established players, industry outsiders and insiders, from developing and developed regions alike, promising a discussion focused on driving genuine change at every level of every business.

The Global Summit Special Sessions will provide delegates with valuable strategic overviews, trends, and insights on leading challenges facing the industry today. The sessions and speeches will link in with the Global Summit’s overarching theme, ‘Growth Through New Retail’. There are three key messages in particular that will run through the programme this year:

  • The continuing role of new technologies to rapidly reshape business models, particularly in the new Start-Ups Zone

  • The power of ‘purpose’ to inspire both consumers and employees

  • The importance of new forms of collaboration to achieve impact at scale

For the first time, the Global Summit welcomes the introduction of the Start-Ups Zone. Here, The Consumer Goods Forum is showcasing the very best start-ups looking to improve industry efficiency and take the technology world by storm. A few select start-ups - Catchpoint, Maistering, Punchh, TeakOrigin and WhyteSpyder - will present their visions of the future in a specially-designed area within the new and improved I-Zone.

The I-Zone is the place to be to learn more about the latest developments and retail trends. This year, the CGF is demonstrating an all-new, enhanced networking and exhibition area, allowing delegates to meet with fellow peers and to interact with leading companies in an experiential and interactive way. 

The Global Summit brings an unparalleled opportunity to network with CEOs from some of the world's most successful companies, and gain insights into the challenges faced by retailers, manufacturers and their service providers in the consumer goods industry. More: www.tcgfsummit.com


About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

For further information, please contact:

Lee Green
Director Communications
The Consumer Goods Forum

Grand Opening of Accessible Horticulture and Education Center at Overbrook School for the Blind

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 8:56am

Local officials will join Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB) students, staff, and Board of Trustees, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the M. Christine Murphy Horticulture and Education Center - a LEED-Silver certified and planned Net Zero Energy greenhouse - on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

The 1,780 square-foot adaptive and accessible building houses OSB’s award-winning Farm to Table program and horticulture therapy activities. The Center is named in memory of the late M. Christine Murphy, who was a former OSB Trustee, neighbor, and longtime friend of Overbrook School for the Blind. Construction, which cost more than $1 million to complete, was made possible in part by a generous memorial contribution from Murphy’s husband, and current OSB Board member, Sid Rosenblatt, as well as a grant of more than $200,000 from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club.

“The creation of the M. Christine Murphy Horticulture Education Center represents a tremendous opportunity for our students,” said Todd Reeves, Overbrook School for the Blind Executive Director/CEO. “Beyond the gardening, nutrition and health and wellness benefits, this project will no doubt amplify many long-term goals we seek to foster in our students, including vocational experiences, greater independence and the values of lifelong learning.” 

“Sid and his family are extraordinarily generous supporters of OSB’s highest priority - our students,” said Warwick S. Wheeler, Overbrook School for the Blind Board President. “We are deeply grateful for Sid’s longtime partnership and his exceptional support of this project.”  

“Overbrook was a place in Christine’s heart,” said Sid Rosenblatt, Overbrook School for the Blind Board Member and husband of late M. Christine Murphy. “She was forever telling people to go to campus to see the work that they do at the school. I know that this Center will improve the lives of OSB students in ways - gardening, horticulture therapy, employment training - that would make Christine proud. My family - David, Anna, Ruth and many of Chris’ family and friends - are honored to be able to support this project.”

A grant totaling $201,480 from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club provided the Center with a high-efficiency misting and irrigation system; manual solar shades that will balance the temperature in the greenhouse, and reduce the electric, heating and cooling costs; and a 50-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system which has been installed on the roof of OSB’s Nevil Field House.

“Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is honored to be a part of this project and to support the life-changing work of Overbrook School for the Blind,” said Mark Parsons, Green Mountain Energy vice-president and general manager. “We seek partners that share our goal of a more sustainable world, both for the environment and the community. Overbrook School for the Blind is one of those special organizations that enhances and educates the lives of the people it serves and makes Philadelphia a better place.”

During the PV system’s first year of production, it is expected to harness and distribute more than 85,000-kilowatt hours and, in the process, take a step towards the school’s goal of earning a Net Zero Energy Building certification for the Center.

“We are beyond fortunate to call the Sun Club a partner in this project,” said Reeves. “Many projects strive to include sustainable solutions, but often struggle. Thanks to the Sun Club’s generosity, our students will now benefit from hands-on learning experiences that have been infused with energy efficiency, resource conservation, and environmental stewardship. While we are striving for a Net Zero Energy Building designation, it is difficult to classify these student impacts as anything other than a net gain.”

Additional key supporters who made the project possible include: the Connelly Foundation, the McLean Contributionship, the Arcadia Foundation, the Jessie G. Roman Charitable Trust, the Philadelphia Foundation and the Howling Beagles Foundation.

About Overbrook School for the Blind
Since 1832, Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB) has developed and delivered education that enhances the options available for students with visual impairment and other challenges so that they have the greatest opportunity to experience active and fulfilling lives. Any child with blindness or visual impairment (20/70 or less, as corrected), is under 21 years of age, and is referred by his or her local school district, may be considered for admission to Overbook School for the Blind. In addition to a full academic program, OSB students receive special training and participate in different activities that are important to the development of children who are blind or visually impaired. This includes orientation and mobility, daily living skills, assistive technology, music, art, and a full sports program. Overbrook School for the Blind also serves children with deafblindness in all of its outreach and educational programs. For more information, visit www.obs.org.

About Green Mountain Energy Sun Club
The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing sustainable communities. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Sun Club® invests in nonprofits and focuses on projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated nearly $7 million to more than 110 nonprofit organizations across Texas and the Northeast. To learn more about the Sun Club or to apply for a Sun Club grant, visit gmesunclub.org.


Press Contacts:
Gloria Yoshioka, Overbrook School for the Blind
Gloria@obs.org, 215-290-6405

Hunter Dodson, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club
hunter.dodson@greenmountain.com, 512-448-4950

SC Johnson Applauds Cleanup Efforts to Combat the Plastic Waste Crisis

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 8:56am

A concerted cleanup effort among governments, citizens, NGOs and businesses over the past few years is helping to improve waterways and oceans around the world. Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, recently visited the Philippines and Panama to see firsthand the advancements being made to save the oceans from plastic waste.

“The most important thing we can to do to save our oceans from plastic waste is to address the issue at its root cause by improving waste collection systems and capturing plastic before it gets into the ocean,” Johnson said. “This is why we are partnering with organizations like Conservation International and Plastic Bank – to improve waste removal infrastructure and clean up these waterways. These efforts are a start, but there is more work to be done.”

Positive Developments Across Two Continents

Estero de Magdalena is one of the main estuaries in Manila, Philippines. This waterway flows – and dumps debris – into the Pasig River, which flows out into the South China Sea. Rainy season is an especially challenging time for the region, as plastic waste more easily moves from Estero de Magdalena and other inland waterways to larger bodies of water, like the Pasig River, resulting in large amounts of plastic waste accumulation. However, significant progress has been made in recent years thanks to the installation of strainers in the water that prevent waste from continuing to flow downstream.

“The people of Manila have wanted nothing more than clean waters, free of waste and disease,” said Enrique A. Nunez, Jr., Conservation International’s Philippines Country Director. “By prioritizing education and outreach about the benefits of recycling, we have made a real difference in improving our environment.”

In Panama, the Matías Hernández River has served as an informal dumping ground, accumulating trash from residents that eventually ends up in Panama Bay. The Marea Verde Association, a local NGO, has placed a barrier there to collect this waste, a critical first step in preventing plastic from reaching Panama Bay, and eventually the ocean.

“I hope others will join us in this cause to help ensure the health of our oceans for future generations,” Johnson said. “Hopefully the efforts to clean up these areas will continue and make even more progress. These are significant steps being made in the right direction.”

Commitment to Reducing Waste

The Philippines, along with China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, accounts for nearly 60% of the plastic waste leaking into the ocean, according to a 2015 report by the Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. By raising collection rates to an average of roughly 80% across those five countries, plastic-waste leakage into the ocean would be reduced by almost 25%.

To help address this, SC Johnson has partnered with Plastic Bank to open nine collection centers in Indonesia with plans for expansion. Through this partnership, the company has created recycling programs as part of the solution to minimizing plastic waste and addressing poverty. The partnership is transforming lives by providing social and economic benefits in exchange for recycling used or collected plastic waste. It is designed to educate on recycling and get people to live with and use plastic responsibly.

For more information and supporting multimedia assets, visit https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8543451-sc-johnson-plastic-waste-solutions/


About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

Total Impact Boston: October 4 & 5

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 8:56am

Total Impact is a multi-city convening series providing practical impact education and execution strategies to advisors, investors, family offices, wealth managers, and HNW individuals interested in aligning their investments to their values and mission.

Total Impact travels to Boston on October 4 and 5. Total Impact Boston will feature actionable impact strategies and tools across asset classes for advisors and investors. In addition, in partnership with key Boston stakeholders, we will highlight place-based opportunities and the impact success stories of the greater Boston area.

Receive a $200 discount when you use this code at registration: TI_SUBSCRIBERS

Total Impact conference series is a Good Capital Project initiative.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education Announce Winners for 2019 ‘Operation Prevention’ Video Challenge

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 2:54pm

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today named four first place 2019 Operation Prevention Video Challenge winnersDalton SherrillJackson HammYanely Luna, and Brian Wang of Coffee County Central High School (CCCHS) in Manchester, Tenn., will receive $10,000 for their winning public service announcement (PSA) entitled What Could’ve Been, which highlights the life-altering effects of opioid misuse. The students also received the most votes during the People’s Choice award voting period, earning them a trip for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of DEA training at the DEA’s Training Academy in Quantico, Va. 

The challenge invited teens across the nation to submit 30-60 second video public service announcements that capture their unique voice in order to communicate the opioid epidemic as a national crisis. In What Could’ve Been, a teenager’s opioid addiction shortens his life, halting the joys of growing into his adulthood. The character captures the essence of the challenge and encourages teens to research the opioid epidemic to identify its widespread impact on the country.

“Congratulations to the winners from Coffee County Central High School on creating a gripping video message that illustrates the gravity of opioid addiction and how it can devastate lives,” said Sean Fearns, chief of community outreach, DEA. “The role peer-to-peer influence has in preventing opioid misuse before it starts cannot be overstated. We are truly encouraged by the leadership we’ve seen exhibited by our nation’s youth.”  

The third annual video challenge is a part of Operation Prevention, a joint nationwide education initiative that aims to educate students about the science behind addiction, and its impact on the brain and body. Available at no-cost, the program’s resources help promote lifesaving discussions at home and in the classroom. The winning video was chosen by a panel of educators and judges from Discovery Education, the DEA, and the DEA Educational Foundation.

Other Operation Prevention Video Challenge winners include:

Second Place: Aria Kydd of Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science
Worcester Polytechnic Institute| Worcester, Mass.
Awarded: $5,000 for her video Think Again

Third Place: Jake Sandvik of Cody High School
Park County School District | Cody, Wyo.
Awarded: $1,000 for his video Wanna

People’s Choice Award: Dalton Sherrill, Jackson Hamm, Yanely Luna, and Brian Wang 
Coffee Country Central High School | Coffee County School District | Manchester, Tenn.
Awarded: A trip to Quantico, Va., for an exclusive tour of DEA training for their video What Could’ve Been

“Not only did these students make an impactful and creative PSA, they took time to include community members in it. That choice likely contributed to them winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’; everyone loved seeing the video spread throughout the community,” said Megan Eaves, assistant principal at Coffee Country Central High School. “I think I can speak for all of the administrators and teachers at CCCHS when I say that we are very proud of the work these students put into their video, and we are excited about their win.” 

Coffee Country Central High School Career and Technical Education Director Richard Skipper continued, “I say this a lot, every one of our kids will become something great, we just don’t know what! Audio visual production classes at CCCHS provide wonderful opportunities for students to thrive and our newest ‘Operation Prevention Video Challenge’ winners are a powerful example of what is possible.”

First, second, and third place prizes are provided courtesy of the DEA Educational Foundation and the People’s Choice Award prize is made possible by support from the DEA. Winning videos can be viewed at operationprevention.com, and will be featured across DE and DEA digital, including social media platforms. Program resources are accessible for free online and also through Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

“Discovery Education is proud to support the DEA in a critical effort to combat the epidemic of prescription opioid misuse, which is impacting communities nationwide,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We’re inspired by the number of young people across the country who are taking action to save lives by participating in the ‘Operation Prevention Video Challenge’. Congratulations to this year’s winners, finalists and participations.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.


About the Drug Enforcement Administration:
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at justthinktwice.govgetsmartaboutdrugs.gov and dea.gov.

About the DEA Educational Foundation:
Established in 2001, the DEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse. The foundation supports the DEA through advocacy, outreach, and educational programs. Learn more at deaeducationalfoundation.org.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
(240) 274-2173 phone

National Media Affairs
(202) 307-7977 phone

New Generation of Sustainability Leaders Finds Inspiration from Unlikely Industrialist

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 2:54pm

Over the course of his lifetime Ray C. Anderson enjoyed great business success and became the unlikely leader of the green business movement when, at the age of 60, he had an epiphany that changed the course of his life and that of his company, a $1 billion global carpet tile manufacturing company that has become a model of green business. His seminal book on his journey from successful industrialist to green business guru has recently been updated for a new generation of sustainability leaders. Mid-Course Correction Revisited updates the original -- first released in 1998 -- with a new foreword by bestselling author Paul Hawken and several new chapters and interviews written by John A. Lanier, Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and Anderson’s grandson.

“At the height of his success my grandfather’s ‘spear in the chest’ epiphany changed everything,” said Lanier. “He dedicated the remainder of his life to proving that sustainability was not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do for business. He brought on a sea change in industrial and corporate sustainability that continues today.”

Using examples from Interface, Inc., the commercial carpet tile company Anderson founded in 1973, Mid-Course Correction Revisited details a clear path to what the company calls Mission Zero -- a business case for operating with zero waste, zero emissions, zero carbon, and zero harm to the environment. Interface, Inc., was one of the world’s first companies to pursue this bold business model, and under Anderson’s leadership the company grew into a billion-dollar-per-year business and became a global leader in the industry, all while drastically reducing its carbon footprint and eliminating waste.

In new chapters, John Lanier visits with heroes of the green business world, including Joel Makower, Andrew Winston, Ellen MacArthur and others, and also evolves his grandfather’s thinking on the prototypical company of the 21st Century with new insights on the macro economy and how it can -- and must -- evolve to enable a prosperous planet.

“I hope to engage readers and audiences in what might be a provocative conversation,” said Lanier. “Can  we decouple our economy from endless growth? I believe that there’s a path to sustainability that is growth-agnostic and prosperous. I look forward to engaging the hearts and minds of new generations.”   The book provides advice and concrete models for business leaders - from entrepreneurs and CEO’s to innovators and sustainability professionals - to succeed in the green economy.   Mid-Course Correction Revisited goes on sale in the US and Canada May 9, 2019 and goes on sale in the UK June 6, 2019.  For more information, visit http://www.midcourse.org.


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Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Unite to Bring Sustainability to Landmark Campus

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 2:54pm

Leaders and staff from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club joined the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House to commemorate Sun Club-funded sustainability projects at the non-profit, including the unveiling of a 5-foot-solar-powered sculpture in a new orchard today. The sculpture, orchard, and an accompanying 125 kilowatt solar array, are additions to the Philadelphia campus made possible through a grant worth more than $315,000 from the Sun Club.

“We are thankful to the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club for supporting our efforts to expand so that we can help more families of seriously ill children during the most difficult time in their lives,” said Susan Campbell, CEO of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. “The Sun Club grant will enrich the caring and compassionate atmosphere we aim to provide families that stay with us. With the Sun Club’s contribution, we can proudly offer a bountiful orchard with an herb garden and a sculpture for our guests to enjoy, while incorporating renewable energy to reduce our environmental impact.”

With two houses in Philadelphia, the Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by providing temporary accommodations, transportation, meals, and additional services for those seeking care in Philadelphia, a leading city for pediatric care. The Chestnut Street House is the first of over 365 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide and is currently undergoing an expansion project that will add a 93,000-square-foot, 104-bedroom tower that will more than double the number of families that can stay at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

As part of the expansion project, the Sun Club grant will fund an appealing and interactive outdoor orchard space for families to utilize during their stay featuring fruit trees that will provide the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House with access to local, fresh, and healthy food. It also funded a 5-foot solar-powered sculpture, created and installed by Philadelphia-based artist Meei-Ling Ng, made from recycled materials. The solar array will provide a portion of the energy needed to power the new tower.

“The Sun Club seeks to empower the local community with sustainability solutions, and we see this as building a model for sustainability for nonprofits and businesses across the region,” said Mark Parsons, vice-president and general manager for Green Mountain Energy. “When sustainability contributes to making an impact on children and their families, it’s a win-win for all involved.”

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House will mark the completion of the expansion project on May 15 with a formal ceremony.


About Green Mountain Energy Sun Club 
The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing sustainable communities. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Sun Club® invests in nonprofits and focuses on projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated nearly $7 million to more than 110 nonprofit organizations across Texas and the Northeast. To learn more about the Sun Club, visit gmesunclub.org.

About the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Our programs include two Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Camp, and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at local hospitals. To learn more, please visit philarmh.org or join our social media community on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

SC Johnson fue nombrada como un Mejor lugar de trabajo de 2019 en México y el Reino Unido

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:49am

SC Johnson anunció hoy que dos de las operaciones globales de la empresa han sido clasificadas entre los mejores lugares de trabajo en 2019 por Great Place to Work® (Los mejores lugares de trabajo). SC Johnson México fue nombrada en el puesto n.º 8 de mejor lugar de trabajo en el país y el equipo del Reino Unido de SC Johnson obtuvo el puesto n.º 20 en la lista de mejores lugares de trabajo del Reino Unido.

“Estoy orgulloso de los equipos de México y el Reino Unido por seguir siendo reconocidos entre los mejores lugares de trabajo, como consecuencia de su compromiso con la creación de una cultura laboral inclusiva, que pone en primer lugar al personal”, expresó Fisk Johnson, presidente y director ejecutivo (CEO) de SC Johnson.

Este reconocimiento marca el decimoctavo año consecutivo que la operación de SC Johnson México ha sido reconocida en la lista de los mejores lugares de trabajo, lo máximo a lo que puede aspirar cualquier empresa en el país. En el Reino Unido, la empresa celebra su noveno reconocimiento como Mejor lugar de trabajo desde 2006.

Los equipos de México y el Reino Unido se suman a SC Johnson de América Central, Italia, Grecia, Suiza, Canadá y Turquía como Mejores lugares de trabajo en 2019. Sus premios y la posición en las clasificaciones están determinados por los resultados de una encuesta de opiniones de empleados y por información suministrada acerca de las políticas, los programas y la cultura de la empresa.

En Estados Unidos, SC Johnson ha sido incluida 30 veces en la lista de las “100 mejores empresas para las madres trabajadoras” publicada por la revista Working Mother, por sus programas y beneficios que apoyan a los padres que trabajan, y que incluyen licencias con sueldo por motivos familiares, flexibilidad en los horarios y el avance de las mujeres.

También durante 2019, la empresa recibió la puntuación máxima del 100 % en el Índice de Equidad Corporativa de Human Rights Campaign. Este honor de HRC marcó la decimocuarta vez que la empresa obtuvo la puntuación máxima y el decimoséptimo año de reconocimiento en la lista de igualdad laboral.


SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

Acerca de SC Johnson
SC Johnson es una empresa familiar dedicada a la creación de productos innovadores de alta calidad, a la excelencia en el trabajo y a un compromiso a largo plazo con el medioambiente y las comunidades donde opera. Con sede en Estados Unidos, SC Johnson es uno de los más importantes fabricantes en el mundo de productos para la limpieza del hogar y productos para almacenamiento en el hogar, cuidado del aire, control de plagas y cuidado del calzado, además de productos profesionales. Comercializa marcas de renombre, como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® y ZIPLOC® en Estados Unidos y otros países, y algunas de las marcas comercializadas fuera de Estados Unidos son AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® y RIDSECT®. La empresa tiene 133 años de antigüedad, genera 10 000 millones de dólares en ventas, da empleo a aproximadamente 13 000 personas en todo el mundo y vende productos en casi todos los países del mundo. www.scjohnson.com

SC Johnson Named 2019 Best Workplace in Mexico and United Kingdom

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:49am

SC Johnson today announces that two of the company’s global operations have been ranked among the best workplaces in 2019 by Great Place to Work®. SC Johnson Mexico was named the No. 8 Best Workplace on the list of companies in the country with 500-5,000 employees, and the SC Johnson United Kingdom team earned the No. 20 spot on the list of Best Large Workplaces in the U.K.

“I am proud of the Mexico and United Kingdom teams for continuing to be recognized among the best places to work as the result of their commitment to creating an inclusive workplace culture that puts people first,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson.

This recognition marks the 18th consecutive year SC Johnson’s Mexico operation has been recognized on the Best Workplace list, the most of any company in the country. In the U.K., the company celebrates its ninth recognition as a Best Workplace since 2006.

The Mexico and U.K. teams join SC Johnson Central America, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Canada and Turkey as Best Workplaces in 2019. Their awards and placement in the rankings are determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 30 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

Also in 2019, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This HRC honor marked the 14th time the company earned a perfect score and its 17th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.


SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

Keep America Beautiful Announces 50 Organizations Receive 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:49am

Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, today announced it has awarded 50 grants to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partner organizations for its 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program® (CLPP), designed to help communities combat the most commonly littered item in America.  

Keep America Beautiful is providing individual merit-based grants, totaling more than $300,000, in amounts of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 to 50 organizations throughout the country.

Keep America Beautiful affiliates, local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation areas, and other organizations dedicated to ending litter and beautifying communities are receiving grants. Since the establishment of the national initiative, communities in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada have implemented the CLPP. Throughout its history, the program has helped reduce cigarette litter in the communities in which it has been implemented by an average of 50 percent.

Communities implementing the CLPP in 2018 reported an average 62 percent reduction of cigarette litter, even greater than the previous year’s average reduction of 52 percent. Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant funding empowers communities to help mitigate the economic, environmental and quality-of-life impact of cigarette butt littering.

“Litter is both the smallest and largest problem at the same time,” said Jerred Jones, program director for the CLPP. “Keep America Beautiful believes that many of our social ills begin with litter. Access to ash receptacles and portable pocket ashtrays are crucial to changing littering behaviors.”

The CLPP, created by Keep America Beautiful in 2002, is the nation's largest program aimed at eliminating cigarette butt and cigar tip litter. Since its inception, the program has been successfully implemented in more than 1,800 urban, suburban and rural communities nationwide. Over the past decade, participating communities have consistently cut cigarette butt litter by 50 percent based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after program implementation.

Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be "littering."  Keep America Beautiful has found that cigarette butt litter occurs most often at transition points—areas where a person must stop smoking before proceeding into another area.  These include bus stops, entrances to stores and public buildings, and the sidewalk areas outside of bars and restaurants, among others.  

The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is supported by funding from Altria, Reynolds American, and the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.


2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant Recipients

Capitol Hill Business Improvement District
City of Coffeyville KS/Coffeyville's Reawakening
City of Espanola
City of Hallandale Beach
City of Shamokin
EcoSuperior Environmental Programs
I Love A Clean San Diego
Keep Alabama Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County
Keep Bartlett Beautiful
Keep Blanco Beautiful
Keep Canton Beautiful
Keep Chester County Beautiful
Keep Copiah County Beautiful
Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful
Keep Darke County Beautiful
Keep Denton Beautiful
Keep Douglas County Beautiful
Keep Dublin-Laurens Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Golden Isles Beautiful
Keep Indian River Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Katy Beautiful
Keep Keith County Beautiful
Keep Lexington Beautiful
Keep Lorain County Beautiful
Keep Midlothian Beautiful – Illinois
Keep New Hanover Beautiful
Keep New Mexico Clean & Beautiful
Keep North Miami Beautiful
Keep Ohio Beautiful
Keep Paris/Henry County Beautiful
Keep Panama City Beach Beautiful
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Keep Pinellas Beautiful
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful
Keep Prince William Beautiful
Keep Rabun Beautiful
Keep South Carolina Beautiful
Keep the Bluegrass Beautiful
Keep Tennessee Beautiful
Keep Van Buren Beautiful
Keep Virginia Beautiful, Inc.
Maryland Coastal Bays Program
Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District
Mulberry River Society
Oklahoma City Beautiful
Town of Danvers
Town of Norwood
Transition Prince Rupert

Energy Building for Sustainable Brands '19 Detroit

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:49am

Sustainable Brands reveals program, networking and activity highlights for its upcoming global flagship conference: SB’19 Detroit. More than 2,500 business leaders will convene June 3-6 at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit to participate in the largest global gathering of brands transforming the economy through sustainable innovation.

Nearly 300 thought-leaders and cutting-edge practitioners in marketing and sustainability will deliver keynote speeches, interactive breakout sessions and collaborative workshops. The Innovation Expo will feature industry experts and brands showcasing tools, frameworks and examples of innovative product and service offerings designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s customers searching for sustainable lifestyle alternatives.  Select program highlights include:

  • Steven Cahillane, CEO of Kellogg Company will present on embedding purpose into business growth strategy and operating with an eye toward making a real difference for future generations.

  • William McDonough, Chief Executive of McDonough Innovation and recently featured on Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders list will speak on a bold new vision for the collection, processing, circularity and productivity of plastic waste.

  • Matthew McCarthy, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s will share his perspective on advancing systemic social change through the power of brand influence.

  • Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer at Procter & Gamble along with KoAnn Skrzyniarz, CEO and Founder of Sustainable Brands will together launch a bold collaborative initiative aimed at tapping the power of brands to shape culture and mobilize action at scale for encouraging consumer sustainable lifestyle changes.

  • A research roundtable highlighting several new studies from J. Walter Thompson, Cone Communications, WestRock, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, Marine Stewardship Council and others will focus on how consumers define The Good Life, what they currently believe about sustainability, what they expect from brands, and how it is driving loyalties and purchase behavior.

  • A session incorporating the UN Global Compact, Hilton, Salesforce.org, Brand VO2 and South Pole Group will focus on prioritizing and scaling corporate action on the UN SDGs. The discussion will focus on how brands are prioritizing their initiatives and which relevant actions are helping scale SDG-inspired change the fastest.

  • A lively discussion covering the most promising approaches, as well as critical challenges, in scaling up a much-needed transition to regenerative agriculture will feature General Mills, Dr. Bronner’s and Regen Network.

“The Sustainable Brands community sits at the epicenter of purpose-led business strategy,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, CEO and Founder of Sustainable Brands. “For over a decade we have worked to redefine the path to brand success by inspiring thousands of business executives throughout the world and enabling them to deliver breakthrough innovation for environmental and social benefit.”

To complement the conference program, SB’19 Detroit offers a myriad of opportunities to connect and collaborate with purpose-driven business leaders. Special events and networking highlights include:

  • SB’s unique Innovation Lab experience - the heart of the Innovation Expo - where attendees participate in solving community and business challenges together. In partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, designers will facilitate ideation sessions around topics critical to the future success of sustainable economies.

  • The Erie Hack 2.0 Semi-Finals competition in partnership with Tech Town Detroit will be featured in the Innovation Expo on Wednesday. Teams will pitch their solutions to Lake Erie’s greatest problems. This data and engineering competition is designed to generate innovative solutions for Lake Erie Basin’s most pressing problems.

  • A series of receptions, dinners and conference parties, including the Opening Night Reception hosted by BASF and co-sponsored by Marcus Thomas and CHEP Brambles, the SB Gather party hosted by Ford and co-sponsored by Cone Communications, Birds of a Feather dinners, cohort orientation meetings and alumni gatherings.

  • A community Impact Project at Lincoln Street Art Park, made possible by generous contributions from Timberland. In partnership with Green Living Science, the city of Detroit, and through the leadership of Clean and Green Service Day, conference volunteers will participate in several park beautification and general greening/planting projects in Lincoln Street Art Park on Monday.

  • The Arbor Day Foundation will host a tree planting activity at Muliett Park on Monday. Sustainable Brands, Procter & Gamble and CHEP Brambles invite all attendees to dig in and celebrate trees in Detroit.

  • Suit up and explore active honeybee hives with Bees in the D. Get a first hand look at the industrial nature of honeybees and learn about how Detroit is becoming a leader of urban beekeeping. Activities run throughout the week at the Cobo Center and the GM Renaissance Center.

Sustainable Brands is proud to recognize the many sponsors already committed to showcasing their brand leadership in Detroit, including Presenting Sponsor BASF and Lead Sponsor National Geographic. Additional sponsors include Procter & Gamble, Vinyl Sustainability Council, Ford, Caesars Entertainment, Cone Communications a Porter Novelli Company, Braskem, Cox Automotive, Danone, Detroit Convention Bureau, DTE Energy, Marcus Thomas, EY, Kellogg Company, Nestlé, Salterbaxter MSL, UNIFI, The Dow Chemical Company, Alaska Airlines, Keurig Dr Pepper, WWF, American Forests Foundation and others. Newsy Brand Studio and HuffPo are Premier Media Partners. Arizona State University and the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan are Premier Affiliate Partners. Additional media and affiliate partners include: 3BL Media, Scientific American, Guardian, Innovation & Tech Today, Real Leaders, Wharton IGEL, The Sustainability Consortium, UN Global Compact and others.

For further information on the conference program, a growing list of confirmed speakers and sponsors or available sponsorship opportunities, please visit the conference website at SB19Detroit.com or call (415) 626-2212. Registration is now open and global business leaders with innovative solutions are encouraged to participate.



2,500 global professionals in sustainability, business & brand strategy, product design & innovation, CMOs, and marketing leaders driving business innovation towards a sustainable future.


SB’19 Detroit: Sustainable Brands global flagship event


June 3-6, 2019


Cobo Center, Detroit MI



About Sustainable Brands. Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand innovators to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally-known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library, and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community engagement throughout the year. For more information visit SustainableBrands.com.

CSR Reporting Under EU Law Is Highest for Gender and Lowest for Human Rights Matters, Study Reveals

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:49am

Digital circular economy pioneer iPoint is excited to announce the release of a new baseline study which evaluates corporate compliance with the new EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). Funded by iPoint and prepared by Development International (DI), a not-for-profit organization specialized in evaluations, the study systematically assesses the degree of non-financial transparency and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) performance for 2017 and 2018, focusing on companies in Germany, Sweden, and Austria. 

The EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive

The EU NFRD, which is often referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) law, has been in force for more than two years. It applies to the current 28 member states of the European Union, and across Europe, some 6,500 companies are affected. With this new directive, public-interest entities in EU member states no longer only report on their financial basics and forward-looking risk discussion. They now also retrospectively account for their non-financial footprint, including adverse impacts they have on the environment and society. Article 1 of the Directive states that the non-financial disclosure must contain information including: “e. non-financial key performance indicators relevant to the particular business” – a point of departure for a new three-country study commissioned by iPoint.

1183 Companies Evaluated on KPIs based on GRI, UN Global Compact, and DNK

The comprehensive study – to date the only one to focus on ESG content in non-financial corporate reports – benchmarks 516 German, 590 Swedish, and 75 Austrian companies, and issues individual transparency scorecards and performance dashboards for them each.

The study applies an ex-post assessment framework premised on more than 60 key performance indicators (KPIs) taken from the reporting frameworks of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), UN Global Compact, and the German Sustainability Codex (DNK). This deep-dive into the five required disclosure areas – environmental, social and employee matters, respect for human rights, as well as anti-corruption and bribery matters – reveals the degree to which companies make an effort to demonstrate their environmental and social responsibility.

Top Transparency Scorers

The degree to which companies were found to be transparent was assessed though the application of KPIs, as is required as per the EU Directive as well as the national laws under study. The top five German companies which received the highest transparency scores are:

  1. lighting manufacturer OSRAM Licht AG (transparency score: 30),

  2. pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer AG (transparency score: 26),

  3. pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company Merck KGaA (transparency score: 25),

  4. luxury fashion house Hugo Boss AG (transparency score: 25), and

  5. chemical distribution company Brentag AG (transparency score: 22).

Topping the transparency list of the evaluated Swedish companies are:

  1. Outdoor power products manufacturer Husqvarna AB (transparency score: 37),

  2. IT-products reseller Dustin Group AB (transparency score: 36),

  3. property company Vasakronan AB (transparency score: 36),

  4. district heating company Stockholm Exergi AB – formerly Fortum Värme Holding samägt med Stockholms stad (transparency score: 34), and

  5. the outdoor and transportation products company Thule Group AB (transparency score: 33).

ESG Transparency Correlated with Performance

The conclusion is mixed: While reporting on gender equality is generally satisfactory, there is often a lack of transparency in other areas, especially with regards to environment- and human rights-related matters. Disclosure on employee and anti-corruption matters lie in between the other mandated reporting areas. 

“On the whole, our data show that Swedish companies are a few notches ahead of their German peers”, Dr. Chris Bayer, Principal Investigator of the study, notes. “Yet in each country under study, there are examples of brands making a clear effort to be non-financially transparent. Further, we hypothesize that transparency is correlated with performance, and some – but not all – of companies surveyed use the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive as an opportunity to show that they deserve a social – and not only a financial – license to operate”, he concludes.

 “Behind and in front of the scenes we are witnessing substantial ESG action”, iPoint CEO Joerg Walden observes. “But to what extent are companies willing and able to disclose their non-financial essentials also using established reporting frameworks? Everyone is asking this question, and we can provide answers with this study and iPoint’s solutions.”


The reports for Germany and Sweden can be downloaded from the iPoint website at https://www.ipoint-systems.com/de/nfrd-report-2018/. The report for Austria will be available in June 2019.

Evaluated companies can also request their individual scorecards and performance dashboards with a breakdown of their transparency score as well as the overall, sector-specific and company-specific performance scores, from this website.

HPD Open Standard Version 2.2 Released

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 5:46pm

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative has released HPD Open Standard Version 2.2, the latest update to its industry-leading open standard for transparency and reporting for building product contents and associated health information.  The Release of Version 2.2 provides the opportunity for users to review the updated Standard and prepare for full implementation.  Planned for Q3 2019, full implementation is when the HPD Builder, HPD Public Repository and APIs for electronic data exchange with other information systems will be updated to compliance with Version 2.2, and all newly-published HPDs will be required to be Version 2.2 compliant.

This update introduces a major new feature – the Supplier HPD, a specification and methodology for enabling standard-based ingredient reporting and transparency throughout the building product supply chain.  Using the HPD Open Standard, manufacturers are able to provide accurate, reliable and consistent information to decision makers – architects, designers, building owners – to enable the selection of products featuring transparency and healthier building materials.

“The introduction of the Supplier HPD to the HPD Open Standard is a real breakthrough for transparency reporting,” said Jane Abernethy, Chief Sustainability Officer at Humanscale.  “For complex products such as ours, the Supplier HPD offers a welcome tool for receiving and managing information from our many, global suppliers.  Humanscale is committed to providing transparency to our customers, and this new capability will help us both reduce the cost and increase the quality of information.” 

“HPD v2.2 reflects a lot of careful listening and learning from the creators and users of HPDs,” said Tristan Roberts, HPDC Technical and Education Director. “This new version means that we are fulfilling our promise to our members and users to continually improve the HPD specification. With now almost 5,000 published HPD reports there has been a rapid adoption of the standard that we need to support. For example, the Supplier HPD will extend the benefits of HPD-based reporting and transparency to all companies in the supply chain, enable more granular data on ingredients, and support new initiatives moving us toward a circular economy. All of the updates here maintain and increase the highest level of consistency and rigor that the HPD is known for.” 

Key features of the HPD v2.2 Release are:

  • Product HPD/Supplier HPD – The global supply chain is a complex and constantly evolving network.  One of the greatest challenges for a manufacturer who wants to participate in transparency reporting using the HPD Open Standard can be to determine the chemical contents of their own products.  Reflecting this complexity, reporting options for HPDs within the Supply Chain are broadened in v2.2 to enable direct reporting of information by both manufacturers (the producer of the end product, such as a “chair”) and suppliers (the producer of a component part of the end product, such as a “chair caster”).  The existing HPD report, created by the manufacturer, will now be referenced as the Product HPD, and remains as previously defined in the HPD Open Standard. Newly introduced with v2.2, the Supplier HPD provides a focused specification, a proper subset of HPD Open Standard data, for direct reporting of information by an ingredient supplier.  Supported by the Supplier HPD extension to the HPD Builder online information system, manufacturers and their suppliers will be able to communicate and share information, including provisions for confidential business information, and be assured of compliance with the HPD Open Standard.

  • Part Inventory Display – If a Supplier HPD has been used to describe a component of a product, for example, the caster of a chair, the optional Part Inventory Display will enable the manufacturer to display part information in the Product HPD report.  When used, the part display will enable a designer to see which chemicals are associated with various parts of a product.

  • Product Variations – Product variation is common in many building materials, where the same product is offered in many sizes and products can also be customized in ways that do not materially affect the chemical composition of the product or the associated health information.  HPD v2.2 improves the specification for reporting these variations, enabling a single HPD to be used to report on a wider range of product variations, while maintaining rigor on chemical composition.

  • HPD Issuances – With the growing adoption of the HPD Open Standard, manufacturers are encountering the situation where they have multiple versions of a product available concurrently.  This situation can arise, for example, when a product is reformulated (often indicated by an additional notation, such as “improved”), and is marketed under the same product name as an existing version of the product already in the market.  To address this situation, HPD v2.2 provides the manufacturer with the capability to publish multiple issuances of a Product HPD report under the same product name, denoting the validity dates for each issuance.

“We work closely with manufacturers and their suppliers on reporting supply chain information.  Managing all the interactions and information flow about ingredients is definitely one of the most challenging aspects of transparency,” commented William Paddock, Managing Director of WAP Sustainability.  “Providing a tool that suppliers can use directly, with the information rolling up into a Product HPD, should be very effective in streamlining this work.”

“As a specifier, I look forward to the new Part Inventory Display included in HPD v2.2,” said Mike Manzi, Bora Architects.  “As we work to optimize product selection for healthier choices, we often need to make tradeoffs.  The ability to understand more about how and where a substance appears in a product will be very helpful in our evaluation process.”  

First released in 2012, the HPD Open Standard is harmonized with reporting for leading sustainability certification systems for buildings, such as LEED and WELL, and for building products, such as Cradle to Cradle Certified™, Declare, GreenScreen Certified™ and BIFMA LEVEL®[i].  When manufacturers report their information using the HPD Open Standard, costly repetitive and duplicative reporting steps can be eliminated.  By publishing an HPD report in the HPD Public Repository, manufacturers can make their detailed product information publicly available, and also electronically transmit their information to product libraries, such as mindful MATERIALS, Ecomedes and Sustainable Minds.  When fully implemented in the HPD Builder online tool, HPD v2.2-reported supply chain information will also be sharable via electronic transmission with supply chain management tools, Toxnot and Makersite.

For further information and access to Version 2.2 documents, click on this link to visit the HPD Collaborative website.


HPDC is a not-for-profit, member association with over 250 organizational members, representing the full spectrum of the building industry: architects, designers, building owners, manufacturers, consultants, tool developers, and others who all share a common purpose to improve the transparency of information and the material health of the built environment. The HPD Open Standard has become widely adopted as the industry standard for reporting on building product contents and associated health information, since its launch in 2012, with over 4,600 HPD reports publicly available.  HPDC members champion the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness and innovation in the practices of reporting, disclosure, specification and selection of building products.  For more information, visit hpd-collaborative.org.


[i] Referenced programs and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


NHBSR's 2019 Spring Conference